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Arrayit Signs CRADA with USDA to Develop Food Safety Technology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Arrayit announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the US Department of Agriculture to develop technology to rapidly detect foodborne pathogens.

The collaboration will combine Arrayit's DNA microarray platform with the USDA's patent pending method of detecting DNA sequences of pathogens in food. Under the agreement, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm will work with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to develop and validate a rapid, portable, high-throughput detection system for the surveillance of bacterial and viral pathogens, including Hepatitis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and Norovirus.

Financial and other details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

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